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Whitty Transport specialises in bulk transport

Whitty Transport celebrate 10 years Celebrating ten years in any industry is a major achievement especially in the current economic climate, but to reach that milestone in the haulage sector is and even greater success. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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exford based Whitty Transport has been established ten years now and for this month's edition of Irish Trucker, we profile the company and speak to managing director James Whitty about the success of the company. Whitty Transport specialises in bulk dry food transportation, within industries such as flour mills and bakeries. Established in 2001, the company has a loyal customer base maintained by offering competitive pricing, customer service and a commitment to the highest standards. Specialising in bulk transport means that the company mainly workers with tankers, and around 90% of their work involves hauling flour and bread for Irish Pride bakeries. James explains that he had a good knowledge of the industry before he started working for himself. “I was working for another haulier drawing for Irish Pride, when he decided to pull out of the business and I bought it off him. Having worked in this area, I had a good understanding of the work involved, so that was a good start,” said James. “We specialise in bulk transport and the majority of our work would involve drawing flour for Irish Pride, which usually comes in from the UK. We would have 20 tankers on the road

and the fact that we are so close to Rosslare Port means that we are ideally located. We provide an entire range of transportation services to one of the largest food manufacturers in Ireland. We operate routes across Ireland and throughout the UK. We are strategically based in Taghmon, Co. Wexford close to Rosslare Europort and European routes E01 and E30. We have also recently opened our first UK depot outside Leeds which means collections and deliveries can be made promptly all over Ireland and the UK.” Timing is key to everything in the haulage industry, but when you are dealing in the type of work that Whitty Transport excel in, then there is nothing more important than on time delivery. “You cannot afford to be an hour late in this job. Everybody knows that bread has a very short life expectancy and bakeries need to make their deliveries early in the morning, otherwise they will lose their customers. That is why we place a great emphasis on ensuring that the flour is delivered on time and efficiently.” Maintenance is key to ensuring that all deliveries are on schedule as any unnecessary breakdowns need to be avoided and for this to happen, James' brothers Denis and Nicholas over the

maintaining of all the fleet. “Our constantly expanding fleet consists of over 20 trucks and various trailer types, including a diesel tanker and a vacuum tanker. We have our own purpose built maintenance facility at our Wexford site. The workshop staff are responsible for the service and repair of all our vehicles. Reliability is assured through a continuous preventative planned maintenance schedule.” James knows the importance of a reliable work force and with 28 on the books, it can be tough to find the right mix, although he admits that is very fortunate to have such loyal and reliable workers on the books. “I couldn't say a bad word about any of the employees. They are hard workers and each and everyone of them are very competent in their own areas, which is very important, given the time constraints we are working against. Most of them would be with us since the very start and I'm delighted to have them here.” Having a good working relationship with your employer is also a big help and on this front, James admits that Irish Pride are very good to work for. “They would be very fair and if they say something they will follow through on it. There is never any problem with payment and once we are providing

The fleet is kept in excellent condition



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Scania is the preferred make of truck

the level of service that they require, then there is no reason that anything should change.” Scania is the preferred choice of truck and James revealed that some of the fleet is generally upgraded every year in order to keep the trucks fresh and avoid downtime. “We generally change a few of the trucks every year as we would get rid of the older ones and bring in new ones. We didn't do that this year though, as we bought a few more tankers in England, which is where we would generally buy them because they are hard got in Ireland. “All our trucks are fitted with a web based GPS vehicle tracking system, allowing us to monitor time spent at a job; increase route efficiencies with live tracking and mapping; improve response time with nearest vehicle locator. Our drivers use satellite navigation systems which are installed in all our trucks to plan their routes in the most efficient way possible.” As members of the Irish Road Haulage Association, James is well aware of the trials and tribulations that the haulage industry is having to endure at the moment and there are a number of issues that he feels need to be

addressed for the sake of the whole industry. “The price of diesel is without doubt the biggest problem in the haulage industry at the moment and it is a situation that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The price of fuel is now at a critical stage and hauliers cannot afford to pay the current prices. “Work is not as plentiful as it was and another issue I have is that some operators are coming in and doing jobs for next to nothing which I can't understand as it can't be paying them, but it is certainly not a level playing field with the way things are.” ETAILS Whitty Transport is COMPANY D hoping to expand in ort Whitty Transp the near future as , on m gh Ta James and his team Co. Waterford strive to make the business an even 463 Tel: 053 9134 bigger success than 087 8038509 it has in its first ten years operating. info@whittytra

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Zellwood are leaders in the transport and distribution game

Leading the way Coming up on their 20th anniversary, Zellwood Ltd continues to be one of the country’s leading contract management and logistics solutions providers. Irish Trucker spoke to the company’s Operations Manager, Patrick Quearney, about the family run business, located in north Dublin.


ince its establishment in 1994, Zellwood Ltd has grown substantially to become one of Ireland’s leading retail temperature controlled distribution solutions provider. With the transport industry constantly evolving, the company founded by William and Mark Flanagan, has endeavoured to adapt their services to meet all of the customers’ requirements. Having developed a ‘one stop shop’ capability over the years, Zellwood Ltd’s main objective is to provide the ‘complete distribution solution’ for each customer. “Basically we are a service provider,” explained Operations Manager, Patrick Quearney. “We provide the wheels to deliver the products for our customers and we make sure to provide a reliable service for them.” Zellwood Ltd is a private company with a skilled, experienced and distinct management team, which enables informed decisions to be made quickly without delays in having to consult board members. As a result, this leads to a more efficient operation with the flexibility to meet all customer needs and expectations.


The length of experience, aligned with the expertise in the distribution industry, is the reason why so many of Zellwood’s customers give the Donabate-based company repetitive business. Along with this, those behind the company have the knowledge to understand their customer’s needs in what is a highly competitive and ever changing economic environment. Zellwood prides itself in having the operational ability and financial resource to grow with their customers and also understand the nature of its customers businesses and work with them for mutual advantage. They will listen to their customers and adapt operations to suit these everchanging requirements. Striving to ensure that their customers are provided with a consistently high quality level of service, is Zellwood’s chief objective and this is displayed not only by the efficient way in which a contract is handled but also the ability of the company to move with their customers demands and growth. The company views it is vital for themselves as a distribution outfit to develop close working partnerships with customers. They are very proud of the relationships IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

Zellwood will be celebrating their 20th anniversary soon

that they have built with the entire customer’s management and operational divisions, with a large portion of work has having been obtained through recommendations from satisfied customers. A member of the Irish Road Haulage Association, Zellwood Ltd supply contract management to some of their customers, warehousing and transport activities, meeting customers’ requirements and deliverables. They boast a fully skilled and experienced management team, which enables critical decisions to be made quickly without delay or impact on customer service, and, as a result, this leads to a more efficient operation with the flexibility to meet all customer needs and expectations. Zellwood are a fully licensed international haulage company, with full goods in transit insurance and liability cover. “It has been tough over the last few years,” Patrick admitted. “The recession had affected everybody and fuel costs have also hit us hard. We have still been able to employ 30 people though, including our Transport Manager James Plunkett, who has done terrific work with our fleet here. “All of our trucks are refrigerated vehicles, with 12 of them being rigid trucks which are between the years 2008 and 2011. We also have tracking systems built into them and four years ago we made this accessible to customers.” All of Zellwood’s vehicles are fitted with a satellite tracking system in order to give a full history of each vehicle at any given time, which enables them and the customer to pinpoint any vehicle and its status at any time. The tracking system also enables them to retrieve historical delivery times. As for temperature tracking, the company’s refrigerated trailers and rigids are fitted with state-of-the-art thermo kink IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

tracking systems. GPS and GPRS technology is used and linked with the refrigeration units’ microprocessor controller. This enables real time information about the trailer to be available to the customer and the company. The tracking system also enables them to retrieve historical temperatures at point of delivery. Blue tree systems are also a service provider for the tracking systems. Zellwood are able to call upon over 40 top of the range DAF and Scania vehicles, and a number of Krone and Gray & Adams refrigerated units. Investment in quality high spec trucks and trailers ensures down time is kept to a minimum

The Zellwood logo is a familiar one around the capital


Some of the fleet at Zellwood Ltd

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and customer deliveries are on time. All vehicles are made available to our customers to add their respective livery. The 40 YEARS IN BUSINESS impressive fleet of more Unit 8, Millennium Business Park, than 40 trucks, which Cappagh Road, Ballycoolin, Dublin 11 consists of a mixture of Tel: 01-8649116 Fax: 01-8649129 Scania and DAF, are Email: replaced every two years to 1890 942 163 ensure the fleet is kept as Home - Office - Roadside - New Tyres - Batteries - Puncture modern as possible. Repairs - Balancing & 4 Wheel Alignment - Tyres for Cars Trucks - Vans - Stockists of all major Tyre Brands Therefore, breakdowns and Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm Sat 9am-1pm ‘trucks off the road’ are kept to a minimum. As for its fridge selection, Zellwood has a large scale from single temp to dual temp with slider tail-lifts. All of the refrigerated trailers are fitted Best Wishes To with state-of the- art temperature Zellwood Ltd tracking systems. This enables location, temperature and status of the trailer to be available at just the touch of a button. The multi-temp fridges can be used on a variety of work from full loads of chilled or frozen products to part loads of both Call us FIRST ... for keenest prices chilled/frozen or frozen/chilled. ... and prompt, friendly delivery! These fridges allow goods to be carried at separate Tedcastles Oil Products, Promenade Road, Dublin 3 temperatures, thus maximising

flexibility for customers. The other three sections of the fleet include box vans, tail-lifts and double-deck trailers. Zellwood has two types of box van in the fleet, including 13.6m insulated box vans with load locking systems and aluminium roof and also insulated box vans with load locking systems and double deck roof. Along with tail-lifts, the company also has numerous trailers with slider tail-lifts for ease of loading or off loading products, while the double-deck trailers are innovative trailers which are dual temperature controlled with two floors so as it enables Zellwood to reduce movement and decrease kilometres driven and fuel used meaning lower emissions. At present, Zellwood are currently doing some inbound UK work, seven days a week, which we are actively trying to source outbound loads to position us in the UK daily. They also are in a position to backhaul from major counties to Dublin daily. So for all your refrigerated transport needs, look no further than Zellwood Ltd.

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QME’s underground work at Tara Mines

Coming up on a quarter century Approaching 25 years in business, Navan-based outfit QME continue to be a world leader in supplying services to the mining industry. Irish Trucker spoke to the company’s General Manager, John Murnin, to find out more.


stablished back in 1987, Quarry and Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) have grown from strength to strength to become one of the chief suppliers in new and re-manufactured underground and open pit mining equipment to the mining industry worldwide. Throughout its years QME has managed to build a solid reputation for


top-quality standards in remanufacturing and customer support. All this allied with a reliable service being guaranteed for its customers has turned the company into a major big game player in the mining industry, which is also renowned around the world. John Murnin has been proud to be apart of QME s success as the company s General Manager and gave us the run

down of the business. “We’re based here at Coolfore Road, Ardbraccan in Navan, Co Meath,” John explained. “We’re here at this site since 1990, but Peter McParland would have started things up originally back in 1987 and since then things have grown rapidly to the point where there are now approximately 100 staff here. My own IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

position is General Manager, and I started working here back in 1996.” The company s 15,000 FT2 rebuild facility is ideally located on the east coast of Ireland near Navan and from there can provide a complete frame up rebuild service for all ranges and makes of underground and surface mobile equipment. All of the work is carried out in a house and includes main frame, powertrain, hydraulic cylinders and pumps, electrics, line boring, fabrications and repainting. All rebuild work and powertrain repairs at QME are carried out using OEM parts and all work is fully guaranteed. The company’s main workshop is managed by Paddy Galligan, who, with over 15 years of experience in the industry, leads a team of highly skilled and trained personnel which are specialists in their field. At QME safety is the top priority and all work carried out is to the highest safety standards. On the development front, QME specialises in undertaking complete development contracts, which requires drilling, blasting, scaling, mucking out, bolting, spraying and services. Typical services include the placement of road material, grading and drainage, with additional mechanical and electrical services. QME also provides a complete frame up rebuild service for all ranges and makes of underground and surface mobile equipment and all work is carried out in-house. It includes main frame, powertrain, hydraulic cylinders and pumps, electrics, line boring, fabrication and repainting. “All rebuild work and powertrain repairs at the company are carried out using OEM parts and every customer knows that all work is fully guaranteed. “Peter’s father, Joe McParland, was one of the co-owners in Tara Mines and since that time QME has always prided itself in guaranteeing a reliable service for its customers,” said John. “Luckily we haven’t been hit too hard by the recession as our

Some of the impressive fleet at QME

One of the Volvo fleet pulls away



The company has a 15,000 ft2 rebuild facility

main business would be the repair and refurbishing of mining equipment, and also rebuilding mining equipment. We would also do some crushing on site, but mainly repair and refurbishing is our top line of work.� QME offer beginning to end mining services and are equipped to handle an entire project or, if only, just assist in specific areas, whether it be in mine development, production mining or technical services. It should be further

highlighted that QME recognise and are committed to maintaining a safe working environment. A world leader in supplying top-quality remanufactured LHD scooptrams and drilling equipment to the mining industry worldwide, the key aim of QME is to supply a customer service of reliability and satisfaction from their 15,000ft2 rebuild facility on the east coast of Ireland, and for the last 25 odd years they’ve been doing just that.

QME have supplied underground and surface mining equipment to such names as: Angelsey Mining (United Kingdom), Campbell Resources (Panama), Continential, Ara Mine (France), Galmoy Mines Ltd (Ireland), Northgate Exploration (NWT Canada), Tara Mines Ltd (Ireland), The Lisheen Mine (Ireland), TVX Gold (Greece), Whim Creek Consolidation (Australia) and Roadstone Ltd (Ireland). At QME the customer is given a

Some of the drilling equipment at QME



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QME specialises in undertaking complete development contracts


quality of service through the company s experienced and highly motivated team that ensures up to date standards. All aspects of repair and remanufacture are conducted inhouse by a team of service engineers, which includes coded welders, fitter turners, plant fitters, electricians, instrumentation technicians and support staff. Each team member has in excess of ten years underground working experience both in Ireland and overseas, particularly on the North American continent. Not only do they conduct topquality remanufacturing of all the world-renowned manufacturers, but they will also provide a service for modifications to this machinery, modification specifications that comply with European CE standards and international ISO standards. With the rising cost in mineral prices worldwide and the opening of previously inaccessible markets, QME are looking to a bright and vibrant future. They are ever keeping pace with technologic expansions to mining equipment by


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QME was established back in 1987

All rebuild work and powertrain repairs are carried out using OEM parts

The base at Ardbraccan in Navan, Co. Meath

Some of the typical work which goes on at QME

investing in continuous retraining programmes of their staff, while their customer support programme is in constant review and renewal as the discerning customer would appreciate. As for the mining division of QME, it has been efficiently developed to undertake contract mining projects in both Ireland and abroad. The current equipment fleet consists of development drilling jumbos, longhole drills, bolting rigs, shotcrete sprayers, emulsion charging units, a variety of scooptrams and haulage trucks, service and utility vehicles. Again the mining division employs a team of highly experienced operations managers, u n d e r g r o u n d supervisors, miners, fitters and electricians. The personnel are

currently engaged in a 7,000m development drifting program at New Boliden Tara Mines, Navan, Ireland. In addition to developing contract mining operations, QME undertake service installation and construction projects and production mining programs. The mining division will give due consideration to any and all mining operations proposed by potential clients. So if you re looking for a world leader in supplying services to the mining industry, look no further than QME.

COMPANY D ETAILS QME Coolfore Roa d, Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. M eath Tel:046 9073 709

The loyal staff at QME



At the launch of the Renault dealership

Shaw Commercials secures Renault Trucks dealership There have been many milestones thus far in the 14-year history of Shaw Commercials. One of these arrived in 2011 when the multifaceted operation was appointed main Renault Trucks dealer for the West and North West. All the signs are that this company is destined to continue thriving.


haw Commercials was established in Castlebar, County Mayo by Mick Shaw in 1997. Through hard work, dedication and strong customer service, the business continued to grow over the next five years, with increasing demand for capacity due to this growth. Mick therefore decided to build a larger, state-of-the-art premises and - following a major investment - he opened the new facility in 2005 at Breaffy Road Business Park in Castlebar. The building is fully-equipped


to DOE-test and maintain all sizes of vehicles no matter what make or model. The business is managed with the following key principals: to work hard for customers to keep your business on the road; to implement the highest quality control and safety standards in the industry; and to continue to invest in both human resources and infrastructure. Shaw Commercials currently employs 25 staff across the IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

The load haulage fraternity came out in force to back Shaw Commercials’ latest venture

Shaw Hire is managed by Pat Delaney and offers short- and group, contributing significantly to the local long-term contract hire of tractor units and trailers, refrigerated economy in terms of employment and business vehicle hire and domestic vehicle hire. Pat can be contacted on growth. The company boasts the necessary 094 9027250 or expertise (with fully-qualified staff benefiting Shaw Commercials has just been appointed main Renault from ongoing training programmes) to assure Trucks dealer for the West and North West of Ireland. This clients of the highest levels of knowledge and appointment has been an integral part of the expansion plans of service required. the business, with the recent appointment of Louis Cronin as As a main Renault Truck dealer, the Shaw truck sales representative. Louis brings many years’ experience Commercials group offers new and used and expertise to Shaw Commercials. Call Louis on 087 7985126 vehicle sales in addition to Castlebar DOE Test or Centre, service and recovery, Shaw Hire, warranty and aftercare, spare parts, fleet management and a collection / delivery service. Castlebar DOE Test Centre specialises in light and heavy vehicle testing as well as supplying and fitting Stoneridge analogue and digital tachographs. All parts for tachographs are also supplied and fitted while speed limiters are supplied, fitted and calibrated. Analogue and digital tachographs are calibrated and weight plating is carried out for all commercial vehicles and trailers. With extended testing hours, Castlebar DOE Test Centre provides an unrivalled service to commercial vehicle operators in Mayo and surrounding counties. When it comes to servicing, Shaw Commercials boasts main Renault dealer facilities offering general servicing, next-day bookings, free estimates, four-wheel Dennis Eagle Ireland is a partner of Shaw Commercials alignment, ABS / EBS diagnostics and spare parts, with opening hours of 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-4pm on Saturdays. To make an appointment with the service department, contact Donna on 094 9027250 or The 24-hour breakdown and recovery service is available for light and heavy commercial vehicles around the clock both nationally and internationally. A full fleet of recovery vehicles – all equipped with the latest technology - ensures that no job is too big or too small Clients who avail of the fleet management service can have a DOE test and maintenance schedule tailored to the specific needs of their business, catering for both trailers and commercial vehicles. Shaw Commercials will contact the customer when a service or test is due. They will collect, DOE-test, maintain and deliver said Michael Reilly Oil offered his support at the launch of Shaw Commercials’ Renault dealership vehicle. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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Shaw Commercials is also an official agent for Schmitz Cargobull Trailers

Shaw Hire offers short and long-term contract hire

Included are Alan Shaw, Mick Shaw, Sean Loftus and Pete Murray

No job is too big or too small at Shaw Commercials

Included are Niall Galloway, Mick Shaw, Maureen Timlin and Alan Shaw

A full range of Renault trucks is available including Renault Midlums (from 7,500kg up to 18,000kg), Renault Premium Distribution rigids (from 18,000kg to 26,000kg), Renault Premium Landers in rigid or tractor units (suitable for heavy duty work); Renault Premium tractor units for long distance (suitable for curtainsiders, fridges, box bodies); and Renault Magnum tractor units for long distance (suitable for curtainsiders, fridges, box bodies). Renault Trucks offer the Maxi Expandys warranty, which is available for up to five years, and competitive finance packages. All Renault trucks can be customised to fit your needs whatever they may be. Models in the Renault Trucks range have been independently proven to have class-leading fuel IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

economy – an important consideration in today’s climate. Shaw Commercials also sells the full range of Renault vans including the Kangoo, Traffic and Master vans. They are also agents for Schmitz Cargobull trailers, Dennis Eagle waste handling equipment and Stoneridge tachographs / speed limiters. The new Renault Trucks dealership for the West and North West was officially launched at the Breaffy Woods Hotel on Saturday, October 8th. The launch certainly made for an impressive sight with over 50 trucks and vans showing the different applications that the range can be used for - including the Renault Master Ambulance, the Renault Midlum fire engine, the Renault Midlum oil lorry and the Renault Kerax 8-wheeler. There was also a great selection of Renault premium 4 X 2 and 6 X 2 tractor units and a selection of refrigerated rigids and trailers from Schmitz Cargobull. Over 100 hauliers from across the region turned up to support the launch and, in the afternoon, there were

informative talks relating to the industry, tackling subjects like fuel economy, finance options and requirements, new innovations, and new impending road legislation. Speakers included Andy Freeney and Sean Loftus from Setanta Vehicle Importers, Pete Murray from Renault Trucks UK, Neill Galloway from Renault Trucks Finance, Jim McGrath from Argent, David McDonald from Schmitz Cargobull Garda Brendan Condon, Alan Shaw from RBK Accountants, Mick Shaw and Viv Brennan from Shaw Commercials. The team at Shaw Commercials always goes the extra mile to look after your business and that has been the secret to their steady rise to being one of the main players in the region in the commercialvehicle industry.


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Expansion on the horizon Since their establishment in 2006, A Plus Skip Hire has been a company to grow in leaps and bounds from their Ballymount base in Co Dublin. Irish Trucker spoke to Financial Controller, John McGrane, to find out all about the business which is looking to expand further despite these tough times.


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under their Green Energy Recycling

grown its work from two

north and south Dublin thanks to its

title. Back then the McCann brothers

employees to over 40 in the

reliable service and cost saving prices.

started from the bottom and worked

space of five years, four of which have

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their way up, which has paved the way

been in a recession, must be doing

the company’s success thus far as they

for A Plus Skip Hire to make its mark in

something right, so it’s little wonder why

bid to expand further afield in the busy

the capital.

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Dublin market. “We

for Services, A Plus for cost”.


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skip lorry each and they were quite successful,” John explained.


Oldcastle in county Meath and that’s

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where the company was first started,

“The company grew from strength to

and Shay McCann back in 2006, the

but we’ve grown primarily in Dublin,”

strength after that. From Oldcastle,

company has grown from strength to

John stated.

they brought their business down to





strength in half a decade and focused

“At the moment we would have

Dublin in 2006 which has allowed us to

much of its operations from its original

between 40 and 45 people employed

get into recycling in a big way here and

base in Oldcaste in Co Meath to the

here and with the new facility on the

bring in money to expand operations.”


way we’re hoping to bring in another 30

Times are tough, when you combine

“We’re based here in Ballymount in

employees, so that we have both the

that with fuel costs being sky high it

Dublin and we also have the base in

north and south side of Dublin covered

makes for hard times for a skip hire

Oldcastle where we first started,”

with our operations.”

outfit in such a competitive market.

He added: “My position here is the

While John admits that business is

financial controller and the Managing

tough, he also feels that they are

“The two companies have been called

Directors are Paul McCann and Shay

holding their own with bright prospects

Green Energy Recycling and A Plus

McCann. They brought me in to help

for the future.

Skip Hire and along with this we have a

rebrand the company to A Plus Skip

waste division called Waste Premier


explained Financial Controller, John McGrane.

“At the moment it’s like every business and the recession has


“I’ve been here two-and-a-half years

obviously made a big dent in our profit

purchased a two acre site in Cappogue

and for the next few years I think the

but you just have to get on with it,” he

for a state-of-the-art waste transfer

objective will be the creation of further



employment in this company.”




“With regards to fuel prices, all our

John’s role with the company has saw

That’s certainly good news from a

lorries are fitted with speed limiters so

him help to rebrand it to A Plus Skip

business perspective and is a far cry

they can’t overuse fuel. I would always

Hire, which is better known as ‘A Plus

from when the company first started

shop for the best fuelage deals,



especially the way things

company started off small

are now, and next year I will

but expanded in the Dublin

be looking to do the same.”

market and we’re in the

The fleet at A Plus Skip

middle of building it up to

Hire is one made up of 10


Vecos trucks and three

“We’re looking at taking on

DAFs, with the rest being

all the big garages in Dublin

all Scanias which would all

and we hope by 2013 that a

be around the 2007-2008 year mark. The company’s next




renew those vehicles in 2012. One of the main contracts which have helped to keep the company going strong in their five years is with The







second facility will help us to add another 50 jobs here, so we will have over 100 employees by 2013.” For further information you can visit the company’s newly






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Quality cars and vans at an affordable price For high-quality cars and commercial vehicles at an affordable price, look no further than Crawford Cars located close to Lisburn, County Antrim. Crawfords is a family-run business that has been providing an excellent sales and service facility to motorists from both sides of the border for over 20 years. Irish Trucker visited the company’s Headquarters at Maze and took a closer look at the impressive selection of pre-owned vehicles on site. While there, we had a few words with director Trevor Crawford.


n these harsh economic times, motorists need bargains more than ever before. The fact of the matter is: most people can no longer afford to buy brand-new vehicles, so – bearing in mind that transport is a necessity rather than a luxury – the search for quality, affordable second-hand vehicles has never been more intense. Luckily, Crawford Cars is here to provide hard-pressed motorists with a solution. Specialising in top-quality, second-hand passenger cars


(and, to a lesser extent, commercial vans), Crawford Cars offers its customers a service that simply cannot be beaten. They sell only vehicles that are in superb condition, all of which are fully-serviced and leave the showroom in practically good-as-new condition. They also have their own workshop, so a wonderful backup service is also available as part of the deal. Al in all, the service provided by Crawford Cars is of the very highest calibre and that’s why the family business has


been going strong for more than two decades, attracting a steady flow of business from north and south of the border. While the recession has knocked the proverbial stuffing out of many companies, Crawford Cars has continued to do what it does best – providing customers with value for money – and that’s why their future remains bright. Reflecting on the genesis of the business, director Trevor Crawford notes: “My father William and I set the business up about 20 years ago and Directors William and Trevor Crawford we’re based at Maze, Lisburn. Second-hand cars is the main part of the business. We sell new and used cars but these days most people are looking for a good deal on secondhand vehicles.” Traditionally, Crawford Cars attracts customers from both sides of the border but Trevor admits that enquiries from the Republic of Ireland aren’t quite as frequent as they once were. While people in the South are strapped for money, the counter argument to this is that everybody needs a car to get around and you won’t find a better deal than the ones available at Crawfords. “We’re only 20 minutes from Newry and just an hour from Enniskillen, so we’re convenient to anybody travelling from South of the border,” Trevor notes. “We’re totally independent so we can get them the best deal out there. We specialise in diesel cars, which are very economical to run and also hold a good re-sale value. We have a website – – where people can look at all the cars and commercial vehicles in stock

and we’re always available to deal with enquiries over the phone or of course if people want to call in for a chat or to take a car for a test drive. If somebody from the Republic wants to buy a vehicle from us, we can help them out with all the paperwork for importing it, so they can literally just pick up the keys and drive the car home.” Crawford Cars also boasts full workshop facilities with the very latest diagnostic equipment and provides a keen car valeting service on-site. The age of vehicles in stock ranges from 2011 to 2004 and warranties of three, six and twelve months are offered, depending on the value of the car being purchased. “All the vehicles are in immaculate condition and perfect running order,” Trevor continues. “We have up to 100 vehicles to choose from here at any given time and they are all in top nick. All the cars and vans are sourced from England. I go over myself twice a month and buy them and we only bring back the very best. We’re doing well enough.

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Business is good and we’ve had a decent year so far.” Going forward, Crawford Cars is on very solid ground financially, which will enable them to continue to provide customers with unbelievable value for money in the long term. “We have no debt and no major overheads,” Trevor continues. “We own the site here so our overheads are very low and we are able to pass these savings on to the customer.” Readers of this magazine will no doubt be interested to hear that the site where the business is located was once the depot of a successful haulage business operated by the Crawford family. William Crawford used to oversee a large fleet of lowloaders and tippers when Crawfords Haulage was one of the leading transport companies in Northern Ireland for over 30 years. With a background in haulage, William has a vast knowledge of the transport

past 15 years. It’s a separate business, based here on the same site, providing a professional valeting service, which is also very popular.” Looking to the future, Trevor believes Crawford Cars can continue to go from strength to strength: “I’m confident. I think we are in a good position. We provide a quality service and as long as you continue to look after customers and don’t get too greedy, then they will come back. We have a lot of repeat business and we also accept trade-ins. We still have a good bit of business from the South. There’s still money about if you’re providing people with value.”

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GreatGas scoops ‘Best Oil Company Initiative’ for its fully unmanned self-service filling station concept at Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer Awards 2011 GreatGas actively seeking forecourt owners to facilitate roll out of more unmanned outlets across Ireland over next 12 months Great Gas Petroleum (Ireland) Ltd, the nationwide fuel supplier which operates Ireland’s only fully unmanned self-service station, has scooped the award for ‘Best Oil Company Initiative’, at Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer Awards 2011, for its fully unmanned self-service filling station concept. The Irish Forecourt and Convenience Retailer Awards are designed to reward professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit in retailing, reward innovation and commitment while, at the same time, helping to raise industry standards. GreatGas’ revolutionary 24/7 ‘pay-at-the-pump’ forecourt opened in Santry, in Dublin, two years ago and has been a huge success ever since. Until recently, only diesel was available at GreatGas 24/7 on the Old Airport Road in Santry, Dublin 9 as dispensing petrol on an unmanned forecourt was prohibited by Irish law. This legislation has now changed and petrol is now on offer at the outlet. The addition of petrol to the forecourt has provided extra convenience for customers, particularly those on early and late flights to and from Dublin airport and tourists who need to fill up before returning their rental cars. Ray O’ Sullivan, Managing Director of GreatGas, says they are delighted with the award win. “We are thrilled to have received this award in recognition for our efforts in being the first to market with this unmanned concept in Ireland and we are also delighted that we can now sell petrol as well as diesel at our unmanned forecourts. Our philosophy is quite clear – reduced fuelling times, reduced overheads, reduced fuel prices and more happy customers. Safety and security is paramount at all times on the site. We have 24 hour monitoring via CCTV and a security firm, as well as the latest environmental management systems. In addition, customers can’t drive-off without paying for the fuel, as payment is first authorised by the bank on their debit or credit card.” “We are now well advanced with plans to roll out three more outlets around the country in the coming year and we are also open to approaches from other existing forecourt owners who are interested in partnering with us on this new business model. GreatGas 24/7 ‘pay-at-the-pump’ forecourts provide customers with quick and hassle free petrol and diesel, twenty four hours a day all year round. The facility could not be easier to use! You simply drive onto the forecourt, insert your credit, debit or fuel card at the pump and select the amount of petrol or diesel you require. You are then asked to enter your card’s security pin number and this will unlock the pump and you can begin pumping the fuel. After dispensing the requested amount of fuel, you will be provided with a receipt. GreatGas worked with Tokheim, the international fuel retailing solutions provider, to bring the concept to Ireland. Tokheim has already implemented the service across Europe, with an estimated 20,000 ‘pay@pump’ terminals now in place across the continent. For further details, please contact: Breda Brown / Frankie Bannon Unique Media Tel: (01) 522 5200 or (087) 2487120

IRU honours outstanding drivers The IRU Presidential Executive awards prestigious IRU "Diplôme d’honneur" to 1420 drivers from 27 countries worldwide for their excellent driving and safety records. On the occasion of the General Assembly of the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the IRU Presidential Executive awarded the IRU “Diplôme d’honneur” to 1420 professional drivers, including 17 taxi drivers, from 27 countries, which represents a 32% increase in the number of outstanding drivers since last year. This prestigious award honours long-serving, safe, loyal and upstanding professional drivers. It is awarded to national or international goods or passenger drivers who have performed to the satisfaction of current and previous employers, by driving commercial vehicles professionally and safely for at least 20 years. In so doing, they must have driven a minimum of 1 million kilometres nationally or internationally without causing any serious accident involving bodily harm in the last 20 years. In addition, the driver must have committed no serious violation of traffic, customs or administrative regulations in any of the countries in which he/she has driven. Congratulating the drivers, IRU President Janusz Lacny said, “These diplomas are awarded to the most deserving drivers whose performance over the last 20 years serves as an example to younger drivers and improves the image of the profession. It is proof of a high level of professionalism within our sector and demonstrates the industry’s efforts to ever improve its safety records by emulating best practices and through professional training as provided by the IRU Academy. ” This year’s recipients come from the following countries: Argentina (16), Austria (6), Belarus (133), Belgium (40), Bulgaria (5), Czech Republic (76), Denmark (2), Estonia (10), Finland (23), France (22), Germany (276), Hungary (38), Iran (11), Kazakhstan (12), Lithuania (23), Moldova (19), Netherlands (223), Norway (5), Poland (91), Portugal (48), Romania (35), Russia (115), Slovakia (14), Spain (10), Turkey (97), Ukraine (69), United Kingdom (9).



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for sale at competitive rates, the Dublin based operation is an obvious first port of call when in the market for a commercial vehicle. A wide range of trucks and vans are carried in stock at any given time. However, if there is a particular vehicle you require and it is not in stock, then the team at BOD will use its extensive network of contacts and detailed knowledge of the market to source that make or model on your behalf. If required, vehicles can be supplied with finance packages, service packages and warranty. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

BOD Commercial Vehicle Sales are main Fiat dealers and main parts dealer for Iveco

Established by Brian O'Donoghue fifteen years ago, BOD Commercial Vehicle Sales is situated on a spacious, purpose-built premises in the Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.


Both Fiat and Iveco are massive sellers in the market and both have had huge success in the heavy and light commercial ranges. The impressive garage enables the BOD team to service, maintain and repairs lorries in preparation for relevant tests in Ireland, north or south. A professionally fitted-out work shop specialises in all types of repairs and maintenance. A full delivery service is available throughout Ireland also. To make sure that their customers get excellent value for money, all work in the workshop is done at minimal costs. Offering a personal touch, BOD is a thriving business and we spoke to Sales Manager Barry Dunne about the success of the company and what it has to offer its large customer base. “We have all types of commercials here,” Barry confirms. “Mainly Rigids, with a good selection of Fridges and we have a selection of Tractor Units and Vans as well. We sell all over the North and South of Ireland as well as exporting vehicles to other countries both in Europe and externally. A recent trend has seen some specialised trucks being sold in to the UK. “We can literally get in anything a client wants, including relatively new or specialist vehicles,” Barry continues. “We are main dealers for Fiat while we are a main parts dealer for Iveco and we have a great working relationship with both. “The vehicles are extremely competitive and these can be purchased with or without a service package. There was a steady demand for rigid trucks throughout last year and we can only hope it continues in these uncertain times. “We offer exceptional value and our second-hand trade were never as cheap as they were last year. There's still demand for a quality second hand trucks these days but the only problem is that these are becoming a bit more scarce. But we're confident we can supply customers with whatever they want at the right price. “Business is fairly steady and we are generating a number of enquiries every day. Anyone who's on the look-out for a commercial vehicle should get in touch with us and we will do our utmost to find what they are looking for.” BOD Vehicle Support Services would like to take this opportunity to thank their past, present and future customers for their support over the years. Many of their customers have continued to deal with them from the beginning. “We would have a large repeat customer base, many of who have been with us since the start and we thank them for their custom. It is up to us to continue providing the level of service that they have become accustomed too and ensure that their needs are looked after promptly and efficiently.” To meet these standards, the company rely on a large competent staff that are dedicated to providing such a service to the customers and Barry revealed that they are very fortunate on that front. A large selection of stock is always available “All the employees are trained to 71

Doblo Cargo had to battle against the Renault Master and Opel Movano, as well as with the Mercedes-Benz Vito. “The Fiat Doblo is a very popular van in the light commercial range and we were delighted that it was named international van of the year for 2011. There is great interest being shown in this model by customers and we have high hopes for it. “Our aim is to consolidate sales continue to provide the level of services our customers expect. It has been a tough few years, but you can see a gradual upturn and hopefully that will continue over the next few years.” The company was established 15 years ago

the highest standard and they are very good at their jobs. There would be a very low turnover of staff, some would be here since the start and would have built up many year's experience.” The title of International Van of the Year 2011 went to the Fiat Doblo Cargo. Presented at this year's

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Anger at Slane bypass deferral The Bypass Slane Committee has blasted the Government for its decision to withdraw its plans to construct an alternative route around the Co Meath town. The Government announced last week that any plans to construct new roadworks would be shelved as part of their cutback plans and this includes the Slane bypass. "There is a very real threat to the lives of every user of the N2 through our village and, as we have been assured that the government understands this threat, they have a moral responsibility to act," said spokesperson Michelle Power. However, Deputy Shane McEntee claimed there was no change in the status of the bypass and that he had been assured the project will continue to be brought through the land purchase stage, bringing it to 'shovel-ready' status. Cllr Wayne Harding said the news was a huge blow to the many people who had spent years campaigning for the bypass on safety grounds. "The last government provided funding to get the project to a planning stage and had even included it in their four-year plan. It has disappeared from this plan despite promises right up until July that it would form part of the top five projects. At every protest in Slane village, the people of Slane have always warned that more lives will be lost," he said.

SeaFrance look to DFDS for support The President and CEO of DFDS, Niels Smedegaard, has warned that only the Danish group can save the ailing cross-Channel ferry operator. Speaking to French regional newspaper, La Voix du Nord, he dismissed the offer on the table for SeaFrance from the company’s workers’ co-operative, as a "mirage." A Paris commercial court will convene tomorrow to deliver its judgment on the two bids. The DFDS bid, which has France’s LD Lines as a minority partner, focuses on creating a new company which would operate several cross-Channel routes: Calais-Dover (currently, SeaFrance), DunkirkDover (DFDS) and Le Havre-Portsmouth and Dieppe-Newhaven (LD Lines) . Three of SeaFrance’s fleet of four vessels would be retained, with the Nord Pas de Calais freighter being switched to ply a DunkirkDover route instead of Calais. Out of SeaFrance’s permanent workforce of over 800, DFDS-LD Lines would retain 460 workers. "The co-op’s bid does not have any financing and also makes provision to retain four vessels and all of the workforce. In the current crisis situation, with the competition and over-capacity which exists on the cross-Channel market today, the co-op’s project just isn’t viable,” Smedegaard claimed. He added: “Certain people still believe that the French state will intervene financially but the EU has made it clear that this is no longer possible. Is France going to go against the EU? The reality is, apart from DFDS, no one is interested in SeaFrance." IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

Avis announce partnership with Windsor Galway Avis Ireland today announced a new partnership with Windsor Galway. The partnership sees the introduction of a new Avis downtown office ideally located on Monivea Road, Ballybrit Galway adding to Avis’s evergrowing list of downtown locations in Ireland. Existing downtown locations have already proven a hit with customers who do not own their own car but wish to have the freedom which using a car brings. The new office in Galway offers travellers a convenient, hasslefree transport option on their own doorstep. The new Avis downtown location is intended to serve the needs of guests staying at hotels and hostels in the Galway City area. Avis are also seeing an increase in Galway to Dublin rentals on account of the reduced journey times afforded by the new M/N6 motorway. Recent online research carried out for Avis by Sponge It, amongst the Irish public, found that after price, convenience of location for pick up and drop off is the most important element when it comes to people deciding to rent a car. Avis downtown locations with easy to access offices are designed to tick this box for potential renters. Mandy Young, Marketing and Direct Sales Manager of Avis Ireland, said: “We are always listening to the changing needs and wants of our customers. These convenient and easily accessible downtown locations are just one example of Avis putting our customers need first. We are delighted to be able to partner with Windsor Galway and bring this new service to the people of Galway and its visitors.” The new Avis Galway location brings the total number of Avis downtown locations in Ireland to five, with two in Dublin, two in Cork and the new Windsor Galway office. These easy-toaccess locations provide people in both town and city centres with greater mobility and flexibility. Avis and Windsor are a perfect partnership, with similar work ethics and values. “We at Windsor pride ourselves on our strong customer service to all who walk through our doors. Avis are a great match as they also embrace this way of working, as seen through their message of ‘We Try Harder’,” said Michael Butler, Dealer Principal at Windsor Galway Avis Windsor Galway office will be open six days a week: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm For more information, see or call 1890 405 060.


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rguably the leading removal and storage firm in the country are AMC Removals Ireland and the company logo of 'around the corner - around the world' speaks volumes for the service that this Kildare based firm provides. AMC take away all the hassle, worry and stress caused by moving and makes the transition as smooth as possible. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company is profiled in this month's edition of Irish Trucker and we speak to managing director Aubrey McCarthy about the level of services provided. Aubrey revealed that he has many years experience in the industry going back to when his father ran his own auctioneering company. “My father Denis ran DMC for many years and he was an auctioneer, who dealt mainly in antiques,” revealed Aubrey. 74

“He would bring in a lot of antiques from the UK and this is how we got involved in removals. We changed the name of the company to AMC ten years ago and we have never looked back since. “One of the first jobs that really put us on the map so to speak was transporting and storing furniture for renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber when he was moving to a castle in Ireland here.” Through experience and hard work, AMC's customer base has increased considerably on an annual basis. From working with the Government to families emigrating, Denis and his work force supply the same level of service to all. “With over twenty years in the removals business, we pride ourselves on providing a personal, professional service to our clients. As certified and licensed removers,

we are accredited members of BAR and OFT and IAM and are Ombudsman Approved.” AMC provide a number of services including household and commercial removals, storage, antique and piano removals, UK and international removals. “Our aim is always to work around the customers' needs; we can provide Full Pack, Part Pack and Un-Pack services, should they require it. We use quality packing materials and our experienced packers/handles will ensure your goods are safely wrapped and secured on our purpose-built vehicles.” Over the last few years, the face of the industry has changed and Aubrey admitted that they have gone from mainly working in the domestic market to the international one. “During the property boom, about 80 per cent of our business was in IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

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holding your furniture or household goods, long or short term catered for. “All furniture will be blanket wrapped and fragiles safely packed into the containers which will then be sealed and placed in our 24 hour monitored storage facility until you are ready for redelivery. Our storage containers are very popular with auctioneering, legal and accounting firms who require Archive Filing, the safe holding of sensitive legal documentation and office equipment. These containers are sealed and kept in AMC Removals storage facility but can be delivered or accessed at the client's notification.” In business circles, the procedure of moving often needs precise planning and who better to cater for that than AMC. "We take great pride in assisting companies of all sizes to make

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